China Social Work Research Centre

Peking University and Polytechnic University

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Since 2007, Peking University has been rolling out its social work program under its Department of Sociology, in a joint effort and strategic partnership with the Department of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The primary purposes of the joint program are to foster the integration of social work theory and practice as a way to indigenize and professionalize social work in China, as well as provide training to enhance the problem-solving capacity of social workers towards achieving social development.

The two institutes co-founded the PekingU-Hong Kong PolyU China Social Work Research Centre. The Centre is devoted to the development and indigenization of social work theory and practice in China, aiming to develop a pipeline for leading scholars who are committed to the social change of China in the long term. To that end, strengthening the teaching capacity both undergraduate and graduate programs in social work is an integral part of the Center’s mission.

In 2012, ZeShan Foundation and Si Yuan Foundation jointly committed RMB20 million to establish a dedicated development fund. The fund will be critical to supporting the sustained growth of the Centre, so that it may develop into a leading institution for teaching and research in social work development, a think tank for social policy, and an international hub linking with social workers and social policy makers from mainland China, Hong Kong and the international community. The fund provides seed funding for research and program capacity building and enable PKU and the Center to leverage for external funding from the government and private sector.

In 2013, to commemorate the partnership, the compound of the Centre was renamed Si Shan Yuan (思善苑), taken from the names of the two sister foundations. During the unveiling ceremony on July 20, Prof. Zhou Qifeng, President of Peking University, presented Dr. Thomas Chen with the Outstanding Educational Contribution Award in recognition of his unwavering support for education in China.

In January 2014, a 4-day intensive training on social work curriculum development and capacity building was organized for about 100 Master of Social Work (MSW) instructors from various universities across China. Co-organized by Centre, the Social Work Teaching Guidance Committee under the Ministry of Education, and the China Association for Social Work Education, the training program attracted both local and international scholars and senior social work practitioners. Leading pracademics from the University of Chicago and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University participated as trainers in the workshop.

Peking University (PKU) is considered a cradle for higher education in modern China. It has been at the forefront in the teaching and research of humanities, social sciences and liberal arts education. Throughout its history, the university has distinguished itself in terms of intellectual freedom and leadership in social sciences and has produced and hosted man prominent Chinese thought leaders.

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Tele-healthcare in Remote Villages of Sai Kung

Sai Kung District Community Center, Hong Kong

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Sai Kung District Community Center (“SKDCC”) is committed to breaking the barriers of geographical dispersion and inconvenience in rural areas with technology, anticipating the perception of rural areas of Hong Kong as enticing alternatives to urban regions. By channeling community capital into the rural community, they are realizing their mission: “to connect and mobilize community resources, to love and care our folks and nature across Sai Kung.”

In joint efforts with ZeShan, SKDCC is providing primary healthcare services for village residents in a new program: Tele-healthcare and Medication Guidance Pilot Project in Sai Kung Rural Communities. The concerns of rural residents often remain in the periphery of the government’s attention, and is hardly addressed by healthcare resources currently provided by the government. One particular pain point is the difficulty rural residents face in reaching mainstream services and resources, especially the elderly population. This situation has only been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 epidemic, where it has become more difficult for them to update their health status, get medical follow-ups, and receive necessary treatment. SKDCC’s program aims at filling this service gap.

While the concept behind this project was not created from scratch, it not been realized due to a lack of resources specifically allocated by Hong Kong’s system to improve the aforementioned situation in rural areas. So far, the program has addressed 40 cases through the provision of 173 home-visit sessions by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. A total of 221 sessions were conducted for tele-nursing consultation, caregiver consultation and case follow-up.

ZeShan and SKDCC are both striving to make stronger impacts on society, optimistic from the attention and media coverage on this pressing issue brought about by this program. We are hopeful that the outcome evaluation will shed new light on both the social and healthcare sectors to improve the effectiveness of primary healthcare in rural areas.

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First Global Fund to Eliminate Hepatitis

The Hepatitis Fund, Global

The Hepatitis Fund (“THF”) is a global funding organization, which has been incubated by ZeShan Foundation since 2017.   Publicly known as EndHep2030, THF was officially detached from the sponsorship of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (RPA) in November 2019, and registered as a non-profit organization in Geneva.  By funding a variety of efforts proven most effective, THF intends to overcome the barriers that currently prevent countries from properly addressing viral hepatitis as a global public health threat – a pandemic that will kill 1.4 million people a year.  

Following the 2016 Hepatitis Summit in Hong Kong, our support towards THF was part of our efforts to capstone the Hepatitis Program which has been developed since 2010.

For more details, please visit our partner’s website: https://endhep2030.org/

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When Refugees Meet Locals

Branches of Hope, Hong Kong

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Branches of Hope (“BoH”) started the Lunchbox Outreach Project in November 2020, which provides healthy food to street cleaners in Wan Chai. Beyond ordinary relief work, the scope of this project aims to address issues around the social inclusion of often marginalized communities. For the first distribution of 90 lunchboxes, meals were made from recipes provided by members of the Nepalese and South Asian community, who were also able to interact with the cleaners who received the lunchboxes. The feedback from one local street cleaner reflected that the kind gesture of sharing food and friendly attitude during social interactions had made them feel welcome and accepted in Hong Kong, as it was not something they regularly experienced in their daily lives.

Despite the suspension of lunchbox preparation due to the fourth wave of COVID-19, BoH has continued to support street cleaners around Wan Chai, reaching out to distribute care packages, face masks, canned food, and snacks. Taking the lead, members of the refugee community came up with the idea to buy scarves, lip balm, and hand cream to gift to the street cleaners on Christmas Eve, packing them into nicely wrapped gift packs along with other donated items and supermarket vouchers.

In January 2021, BoH expanded their outreach to include waste pickers and the homeless.

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Refugees and BoH staff distributing relief supplies to local street cleaners

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Going Further Together

RUN Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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ZeShan is supporting RUN Hong Kong (“RUN”) in addressing the additional mental stressors brought about by COVID-19 to refugees and asylum seekers (RAS) in Hong Kong. With the aim of providing safe and supportive environments for those effected to recover from past trauma, to build support networks, and to improve on skills for future resilience, the initiative expanded across three programmes:

  • structured sports program for children
  • summer camp for teens
  • therapy sessions with a part-time psychologist

Over the course of 9 sessions between September and November of 2020, 29 children (aged 3-12) participated in a structured sports program run by 3 volunteer coaches. Beginning in September 2020, RUN additionally provided one hour of homework support prior to each sports session, aided by Year 12 Chinese International School students who volunteer with RUN on a bi-weekly basis. The program is currently on hold due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

12 teens (7 female & 5 male, average age of 18) participated in a variety of outdoor activities over 6 Sundays in October and November of 2020. Run by Asia Pacific Adventures (APA), the activities included: water sports, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing, gorge hiking, and exploration activities.

  • 92% agreed that outdoor activities helped with the development of communication skills
  • 92% felt an increased sense of confidence after participating in outdoor activities
  • 92% experienced a better mood after participating in outdoor activities
  • Other skills that were gained from participating in outdoor activities include: team work, time management, critical thinking and resilience.
  • 100% of participants wished to participate in similar activities the following year.

Psychology Sessions with Dr. Ken Fung

  • 12 participants benefited from a total of 70 psychology sessions as of 31 January 2021.

 

“Before seeing Dr. Fung, I did not see my problems. I thought I was ok, but I was not ok. I stayed at home all day, I only left the house once a week to go to church. I felt overwhelmed and felt a lot of pressure being with the children all the time. I had no motivation to go outside, I did not want to see anyone, I just wanted to stay home all the time. After first seeing Dr. Fung, I felt much better because I had someone to talk to about how I was feeling. I had a reason to leave the house. Dr. Fung’s session in addition to regular English classes at RUN and MakerBay classes (also organized by RUN), I feel much happier. Right now, I have a much better mindset, and I feel positive about the future.” 

*Testimony from a recent graduate of Dr. Fung’s psychology sessions

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Rock climbing class for refugee teens

Case Study & Testimonial

Forty-year-old Lenya comes from a tribe in Africa where Female Genital Mutilation is forced upon female members as an initiation rite. As a family member of the chief of the tribe, Lenya was expected to adhere to the rules of the tribe without exception. Fearing a punishment of death for refusing to go through with this traumatic practice, Lenya fled her country and ended up in Hong Kong.

In the beginning, Lenya had difficulty living in Hong Kong, unable to move on from the trauma from her past experiences. She was emotionally fragile, would break down when faced with even the slightest bit of stress, and was unable to form lasting friendships due to past betrayals by people whom she thought she could trust. She avoided people, preferred to stay at home, and would often ruminate over her losses, putting her in a depressed state. Lenya sought help at Justice Centre, where her case officer referred her to counselling. 

Lenya started counselling in November 2020, attending sessions every week with Justice Centre’s in-house psychotherapist. With a safe environment to share her story and learn healthy coping skills, she has become more confident, cheerful, and hopeful over time despite her difficult circumstances as a refugee in Hong Kong.

 Feedback from Lenya:

“I just want to appreciate all that you guys are doing for me. I’m so thankful for the counselling at Justice Centre because this counselling therapy really helped me a lot! I was finding it difficult to let my past relationship go… I was unable to make new friends, I was having trust issues and I was so bitter and unhappy. But since I started the counselling Classes at Justice Centre, my inner peace is okay! My life is moving forward in a good direction. Now I can value myself ... I still have hope in life. Now I can make new friends and share my secrets with someone that I truly trust.”

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Let Them Fly

Illuminant, Hong Kong

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Established in 2018, Illuminant (registered as The Illuminant Company Limited) is a social enterprise dedicated to introducing the Japanese model of elderly care into Hong Kong.  The concept behind this model is to create an environment and care culture in which older adults can give full play to their own potentials and capacity, enabling the ageing community to look after themselves and enjoy their late years.  Its Chinese name “鐵樹銀花” literally translates to “silver flowers blossoming on iron trees”, an analogy that comes to mean “older people enjoying their life despite being frail”.  

Illuminant derives its stream of income from movie screenings, experiential learning courses, training workshops, and talks, all of which are driven by the aim to enhance and improve the quality of care in elderly homes and family homes across Hong Kong. J-Care, their flagship virtual reality training program, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, through which people can immerse themselves in a world afflicted by dementia. Through the simulated first-person experience of dementia, participants are able to personally experience the difficulties faced by dementia patients in different scenarios that arise due to different symptoms of the condition. Accompanied by a trainer’s guidance and explanation throughout the simulation, participants emerge from the experience equipped with a better understanding of dementia patients’ needs and feelings. Illuminant’s programs have the potential to reduce the stigma and fear toward different ageing-related conditions in our society, with greater hopes of eliminating the social exclusion experienced by these vulnerable communities.

In 2018, ZeShan Foundation supported the first screening of the Japanese Kaigo movie “Care-Nin” (“照護人 1”) and an accompanying training session, which was well received by practitioners and policy makers in elder care.  In 2021, ZeShan also supplemented Illuminant’s material and staff costs to upgrade both the hardware and software behind their virtual reality program, which also indirectly helped to subsidize the organization’s financial shortage during a period of business re-strategizing. With the goal to broaden the reach of the J-Care concept to a wider professional and public audience, this more advanced VR program will enable the organization to more effectively deliver content remotely in online and mobile learning modes.

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The Japanese Kaigo Movie “Care-Nin” promotes the profession and the value of frontline carers, and brings out an important message that “having dementia does not mean your life is coming to an end.”

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Carers experiencing dementia perspectives through VR devices

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Home Visits Preventing Isolation

Christian Action, Hong Kong

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The refugees and asylum seekers (RAS) community is isolated and marginalized in Hong Kong, and whose situation has been compounded by the COVID-19 outbreak, additionally facing language barriers that hinder their access of accurate information on the pandemic, face rising food process, and do not qualify for government relief.

In response to exacerbated needs under the circumstances of COVID-19, Centre for Refugees (CFR) of Christian Action conducted home visits to families and individuals of the RAS community to distribute essential relief items, food vouchers, and information on COVID-19. During these visits, case work teams took the opportunity to assess risks of child or domestic abuse, and also made referrals to empowerment and mental health programs by CFR and partner NGOs.

  

“I think home visits are very important for us. In the office, caseworkers are often so busy, especially now with the renovation- there is no space, no privacy. When you come to our homes, you have time to listen to our stories, and we have time to open up and speak honestly about how we are feeling. Someone might be sad for a long time but not speak about it, until you go to their home and they dare to open up.” 

Refugee Woman, 41, West Africa

 

“This family with three children was so excited when we visited them. The children seldom come outside anymore because of COVID-19, so when we came to their place for the home visit, they talked excitedly about a lot of their things and proudly played with us. “Can you look at my paintings?” It was just a simple question, but the children said it sincerely,  as they hadn’t chatted with any other people for long time. For other people, a visit is just a simple action, but for our clients, it’s making their day.”  

CFR Caseworker, visiting asylum seeker family of three

 

“Through our Zeshan Foundation home visits, we are actually confronted with how our clients are living in Hong Kong. We can even experience part of the their living routine, like how they come out and back home with long commute times. During the visits, we also bring some food and sanitary items to clients- it’s a bit heavy, but at the same time, we finally know how our clients feel when carrying these such items from Centre for Refugees to their homes. To keep their expenses as low as possible, most of them need to live on top floors without lifts. Without the visit, we would not truly know the full extent of our client’s homes- bad conditions, long distances, and such expensive rent. 

Through these home visits, we also come to know that the services we provide to our clients are crucial to them. Although sometimes we cannot do anything to help them, we always try our best to solve their problems, and give whatever we have.”

CFR Caseworker

 

“I’ve been locked down in this building for 12 years, COVID-19 doesn’t affect me at all!” This client is a single man who has lived in the same building for many years, and is still waiting for refugee status determination. He lives with two other flatmates; they spend their time cooking and watching TV together. There is nothing much else he can do during his free time. He was happy that Centre for Refugees caseworkers visited him- that gave him more support and reassurance that he is not being forgotten.  – Asylum seeker
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Unbearable Heaviness

Justice Centre, Hong Kong

Zeshan Foundation supported Justice Centre Hong Kong (“JCHK”) in providing mental health counselling to Hong Kong’s refugees and asylum seekers, a critical area of relief work in which there has been a significant funding gap amid the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. 

 JCHK is a non-profit organization which brings holistic services to some of the most marginalized communities in Hong Kong, providing direct support by enabling access to legal information, quality legal representation, counselling and social welfare. 

Addressing mental health issues that otherwise have the potential to escalate, JCHK’s in-house psychotherapist has been able to, through this grant, help vulnerable migrants overcome trauma and other mental impacts from experiences of persecution, torture, and displacement. Without this support, vulnerable individuals would more likely struggle to tell their story clearly, hindering their ability to effectively engage with legal asylum processes, further increasing their risk of being returned to their home country where they could be in danger of torture, persecution, or even death.

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Case Study & Testimonial

Forty-year-old Lenya comes from a tribe in Africa where Female Genital Mutilation is forced upon female members as an initiation rite. As a family member of the chief of the tribe, Lenya was expected to adhere to the rules of the tribe without exception. Fearing a punishment of death for refusing to go through with this traumatic practice, Lenya fled her country and ended up in Hong Kong.

In the beginning, Lenya had difficulty living in Hong Kong, unable to move on from the trauma from her past experiences. She was emotionally fragile, would break down when faced with even the slightest bit of stress, and was unable to form lasting friendships due to past betrayals by people whom she thought she could trust. She avoided people, preferred to stay at home, and would often ruminate over her losses, putting her in a depressed state. Lenya sought help at Justice Centre, where her case officer referred her to counselling. 

Lenya started counselling in November 2020, attending sessions every week with Justice Centre’s in-house psychotherapist. With a safe environment to share her story and learn healthy coping skills, she has become more confident, cheerful, and hopeful over time despite her difficult circumstances as a refugee in Hong Kong.

 Feedback from Lenya:

“I just want to appreciate all that you guys are doing for me. I’m so thankful for the counselling at Justice Centre because this counselling therapy really helped me a lot! I was finding it difficult to let my past relationship go… I was unable to make new friends, I was having trust issues and I was so bitter and unhappy. But since I started the counselling Classes at Justice Centre, my inner peace is okay! My life is moving forward in a good direction. Now I can value myself ... I still have hope in life. Now I can make new friends and share my secrets with someone that I truly trust.”

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Food Buddies in Kwai Tsing

Health in Action, Hong Kong

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During the COVID-19 crisis, we supported Health in Action to address three aspects (physical, psychological and community) of needs and empowerment of low-income families, including working poor and ethnic minorities, in Hong Kong who suffer more under strain of the pandemic.  About 100 most at-risk families will be invited to join the first level of intervention to address the physical needs through cash transfer on fresh food and enhancing health awareness.  Families with mental stress will be invited to participate in second level of interventions on psychological needs and stress management to promote self-care competence. The third level is a Food Buddies program where ‘kai fongs’ will be empowered to co-create a mutual help platform toward a healthy community.

Project Goals:

Provide timely monitoring and support to low-income families to relieve the negative impact of food shortage and mental stress;

Engage and empower the low-income families by enhancing their health awareness, knowledge and behaviour; and

Motivate and mobilize the working poor and ethnic minorities families for providing mutual support to increase community resilience potential and facilitate them to co-create their own healthy community.

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Health In Action

Cancer Immunotherapy Research & Advanced Training

HKU – QIMR Berghofer, HK & Australia

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ZeShan Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the cutting-edge cancer research and training carried out in the collaboration between Australia’s Queensland Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMR Berghofer) and Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. The transfer of knowledge and technology between these institutions has provided Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma patients in Hong Kong and Australia with access to ground-breaking cancer treatment, as well as training to Hong Kong post-doctoral fellows in the efforts to build up local capacity in cancer research and treatment.

“Heal Thyself”: Immunotherapy for “Cantonese tumor” 

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC 鼻咽癌) is an aggressive upper respiratory tract cancer common in East Asia. The 6th most common cancer among Hong Kong males, it’s prevalence in Southern China resulted in the nickname “Cantonese tumor” (廣東瘤). Within the focal area of NPC, the cross-institution research targeted their research on the development of immunotherapy treatment (免疫注射療法), a cell-based treatment that prepares a patient’s own immune system to fight the cancer. At the time of development, it was hoped that immunotherapy would be more effective in treating NPC in comparison to standard cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and at the same time avoid serious side effects of deafness and loss of taste.

Through their research, scientists resolved to extract killer T-cells, a type of white blood cell widely known as the “cancer assassin”, and prime them in a laboratory setting. Once infused back into the patient’s bloodstream, the “primed” cells are able to target and attack malignant cells from the Epstein-Barr (EBV) virus in NPC tumour cells while leaving normal ones intact.

While immunotherapy was a relatively new form of treatment, experts such as Prof. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Centre in the US, had expressed in media interviews the hope that it could potentially replace chemotherapy as the standard cancer treatment within five years.

Phase I Clinical Trial (2009-2012)

In 2008, ZeShan first supported the Phase I clinical trial of this research. The trial took place between 2009 to 2012, recruiting 30 late-stage NPC patients from Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong. The results demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the developed treatment, improving life expectancy to an overall survival rate of 523 days compared to the 220 days for patients who did not receive the treatment.

 

Phase II Clinical Trial & Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2018)

In 2015, ZeShan continued its support to the second phase clinical trial of this collaboration. The trial began in September of 2015 and was completed in 2018, throughout which immunotherapy treatment was offered to another 30 patients, in this phase targeting patients in earlier stages of NPC in both Hong Kong and Australia. Patients were given up to 6 killer T-cell infusions over 12 weeks and consistently monitored, but were given standard treatment if their diseases progressed.

One element in this collaboration was a four-month advanced training for Hong Kong post-doctoral fellows to master scientific techniques of producing clinical grade killer T-cells, ensuring a solid foundation for further development of local talent in research and clinical care. The training was conducted at QIMR Berghofer’s manufacturing facility, Q-Gen Cell Therapeutics, which was the first facility in Australia to be granted regulatory approval by the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to prepare clinical grade T-cell therapies. This magnifies the hope that Hong Kong could eventually set up its very own accredited laboratory, which would allow the city to prepare its own T-cells rather than having them transported between Australia and Hong Kong.

MOU Signing Ceremony

On 28th August 2015, the two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the convergence and collaboration over cutting-edge cancer research and training, supported by ZeShan Foundation. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, among other guests. Mr. Roy Chen, Director of ZeShan, delivered a speech on behalf of the foundation.

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“At ZeShan, our philosophy of giving has always been underpinned by three guiding principles: Strategic Philanthropy, Lasting Impact, and Effective Partnership. We have seen all three come together wonderfully in this project. By supporting cutting-edge research by two leading medical research institutions, we hope to help create maximum impact with our funding.”
——Mr. Roy Chen, Director, ZeShan Foundation

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